Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 23 September, 2014
Updated 23 September, 2014
4,920 Reviews
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Cisco Systems Chairman & CEO John T. Chambers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Kanata, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning from experts (You will find top software engineers in your team)
    Access to latest network technologies
    Relatively good compensation package
    Flexible work environment
    If you choose the good teams, you will find nice managers and co-workers. Really enjoy hanging out with fellow peers

    Cons

    Switching to Agile, but in the wrong way
    Sometimes they hire idiots
    Salary growth not good, especially when you know people joined recently make more money
    Lack of career opportunities, because we have 60k of employees....
    Too many levels of management
    Layoffs: literally once a FY

  2.  

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people. Knowledgeable, motivated, capable. Have always enjoyed working with the team. I stay only because the people are great t work with.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Annual layoffs. Executive incompetence. No real opportunities for technical advancement. Toronto is a back-water and most useful training takes place in San Jose. Some low level line managers are excellent but leadership, foresight, business acumen has evaded higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much cronyism and apparent incompetence in mid and high level executive positions. Management needs a good purge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Name look good on your resume, interview and hiring process is very smooth since it is handled by folks in San Francisco

    Cons

    task assignments that has nothing to do with the position's title(project management, team leading)
    very little coding
    horrible managers
    no perks except RRSP and health insurance(It is not San Francisco)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell your engineers "you should write five times more code than our outsource team does if you want to write code here"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    In Transition

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Good stable company. Has vision. Lots of thing happening.
    Lots of experts in lots of areas. People generally are good and smart.
    Pay is reasonable. Work is flexible.

    Cons

    Too complex for execution. Many owners with overlapping responsibility.
    Too big to get quick answers. Decision making is complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing.

  6.  

    Cisco Intership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Intern in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cisco Systems as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, lots of exposer to high up people, friendly culture, get to use a lot of interesting technology

    Cons

    poor time off policies, lots of monitoring from different departments (your department, intern head, contractor head)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work flexibility, great work and life balance. poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems

    Pros

    Ability to work from home anytime, flexible hours; great, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Poor management, you can feel very disconnected and left out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees, keep them informed and give opportunities to showcase their skills and talents

  8.  

    It was fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good enviorment, good technology, great people and good package, it was good

    Cons

    politics, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please, train managers in a more kind manner

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low Morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. The people are fantastic. We have a gym to work off your steam if needed.

    Cons

    Treated like robots, not allowed to rock the boat, open office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and get up against the big guys. No salary increases for over 8 years. No bonus this year but John Chambers gets a 21 Million dollar bonus/salary? Really I live pay check to pay check...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company ,very good experience for myself.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time

    Pros

    Large company with extensive trainings

    Cons

    Has to encounter chanlleges from across teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It could be fine to have a higher salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    many years of software R&D with Cisco Systems Canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    salary and bonus was good.

    Cons

    vacation less than average. Not much chances for personal career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should encourage employees to take on more challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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